“Foundry” features Dana Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band

Stambaugh Auditorium

Stambaugh Auditorium

The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University presents a concert by the Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band titled “Foundry” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown.

The concert begins with the Percussion Ensemble featuring a repertoire that includes eclectic music using a variety of percussion instruments. Scratch, composed by Eugene Novotney, features four players playing scrapers or guiros; Mallet Quartet by Steve Reich is scored for two vibraphones and two five octave marimbas; and Kpanlogo is a traditional Ghanaian piece featuring recreational dance and drumming.

The YSU Concert Band opens with Dana Wilson’s Shortcut Home and continues with Ballad for Band by Morton Gould; Foundry by John Mackey; Canzona by Peter Mennin, conducted by Graduate Assistant Kevin Scales, and concluding with Sousa’s popular El Capitan.

The concert title came from composer John Mackey’s program notes for his composition. He said, “The idea with Foundry was to make a piece that celebrates the fact that percussionists have this ability to make just about anything into an ‘instrument.’ Snare drums and bass drums are great, but why not write a whole piece featuring non-traditional percussion — things like salad bowls and mixing bowls and piles of wood? It won’t be surprising that Foundry, for concert band with ‘found percussion,’ much of it metallic, ends up sounding like a steel factory.”

Tickets are available at 330-259-0555, in person at the Box Office, online at www.stambaughauditorium.com and at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Those with a YSU ID are free. Call 330-941-3636.